The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it has sent a team of specialists to a central Illinois nuclear plant to try to determine why a transformer failed and caused the plant to shut down. Officials say the incident happened Sunday night at the Clinton Nuclear Plant about 20 miles southeast of Bloomington.
A Springfield facility that houses children and young adults with developmental disabilities says it has drawn up a plan to correct problems identified by state investigators.
Illinois child welfare officials and Springfield police have been investigating allegations of abuse and neglect at Hope Institute for Children and Families since November. No details have been made public.
A hearing Tuesday afternoon in Springfield will explain improvements to the 3rd Street rail line. Springfield leaders breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced rail traffic would be consolidated along 10th Street. They had concerns of more and faster trains traveling through the heart of downtown. But while the 10th Street corridor is being revamped, the trains won't wait. That means safety improvements are needed along 3rd Street.
The Sangamon County Coroner has released more details on the cause of death for the Menard County State's Attorney. Kenneth Baumgarten, who lived in Petersburg, died Friday night . He was 55.
Coroner Cinda Edwards says after a review of medical documents, her office has determined the cause of death for Kenneth Baumgarten to be Pulmonary Embolism. She also says the death will be certified as accidental due to an injury Baumagarten sustained early in November.
Classes at Southern Illinois University are canceled because of a storm that's left a slick layer of ice under several inches of snow, with more wintry weather on the way.
WSIU Radio reports that some services at the 18,000-student Carbondale university were to remain open Friday, including dining services for students, the Morris Library and the student recreation center. University administrators called off Friday's classes because of questionable driving conditions.
Springfield's top city attorney has submitted his resignation after helping the mayor and aldermen through a difficult legal battle.
Mayor Mike Houston appointed Mehlick this summer, following the departure of former Corporation Counsel Mark Cullen. Cullen and other city officials are named in the lawsuit filed on behalf of Springfield resident Calvin Christian. Christian accuses them of knowingly and intentionally destroying the documents he was seeking through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The City of Springfield could be close to settling a lawsuit over destruction of police records. Springfield Mayor Mike Houston has filed an ordinance that would settle the case for $102,964.10.
Aldermen could vote on it Tuesday night. The proposal says Calvin Christian, who filed the suit, would receive about $30,000 while his attorneys would get much of the remainder. Christian took the city to court after documents he had sought under the Freedom of Information Act were destroyed. The city would admit no wrongdoing under the deal.
It's likely you or someone you know have struck a deer. While it seems as though they are always wandering into the road, the actual number of deer-vehicle accidents was down last year.
State Farm Insurance has already predicted another decline based on claims filed. The company attributes the expected decline in accidents to a smaller deer population and increased driver awareness. It says Illinois drivers have less chance of hitting a deer than the national average.
Neil Freeman, 2012 map format and dimensions vary The electoral college is a time-honored, logical system for picking the chief executive of the United States. However, the American body politic has also grown accustomed to paying close attention to the popular vote.
State officials now say that at least 900 homes were either destroyed or badly damaged by Sunday's tornadoes. And that figure is likely to grow.
Patti Thompson is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. She says Wednesday the agency doesn't have anything close to a full count of the homes affected in Washington, which was hardest hit by the storms.
(AP) _ Federal assessments of tornado-damaged property in Illinois are to begin Thursday.
Gov. Pat Quinn's office says Federal Emergency Management Agency assessments are necessary so the state can request federal assistance.
Five teams will look at damage to homes and businesses in Champaign, Grundy, Massac, Pope, Tazewell and Will counties. Sunday's tornadoes destroyed hundreds of homes and left six people dead in the state.
The governor's office says federal and state emergency officials will meet with
The mayor of the central Illinois community of Washington says more than 1,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed by strong storms.
Mayor Gary Manier says that figure includes homes that were totally destroyed as well as properties that received minor damage. Officials still haven't said how many people in the community have been affected by Sunday's tornado. Washington has about 16,000 residents and is about 10 miles east of Peoria.
November tornadoes seem out of place in Illinois. But weather statistics show they're not uncommon. Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel studied the years 1950 to 2010 and found nearly 70 tornadoes occurred in November. That's more than October or December.
But what made Sunday different was the outbreak that occurred.
"All our other outbreaks tend to happen in the springtime," Angel said. "So the ones in November tend to be single events, but this is by far the biggest number that we've seen in November."
The U.S. Geological Survey says the shaking with a measured magnitude 3.2 in northern Illinois was a blast and not an earthquake.
USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman also says it appears Monday afternoon's blast came from within a rock quarry but that the exact location of the blast had not yet been determined. He says that all indications so far leads experts to believe that the blast came from the quarry. That includes that the epicenter is in an area close to the quarry.
A man about to be sent to prison for aggravated battery has escaped from the Macon County Jail in Decatur.
The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports (http://bit.ly/1aISpvu ) that 25-year-old Schuyler McCoy escaped Wednesday and police have begun a search.
Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider tells the newspaper that McCoy escaped around 1:30 p.m. after identifying himself to correctional officers as a different inmate who was in the process of being released on bond.